2009 Leadership and Arts Policy Internship Grants Awarded
The Leadership and Arts Policy Internship (LAPI) grant is an award up to $4,000 that is sponsored by the Hart Leadership Program to support innovative internships for public policy students exploring leadership and arts policy. This year’s LAPI recipients are working with a diverse range of arts organizations, from the Pacific Northwest to the Westside of Manhattan.
Karen Chen, a rising junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, is a recipient of the 2009 Leadership and Arts Policy Internship Grant, which will fund her public policy internship at the Arts & Business Council of New York this summer. The Arts & Business Council is an organization dedicated to providing leadership development in the arts in New York City. Karen will spend her internship working in the Multicultural Arts Management Program, which focuses on arts advocacy and policy. Through her internship, Karen looks forward to gaining a better understanding of how nonprofits advance the arts through advocacy.
Alyssa Kuhn, a rising senior from Alexandria , Virginia will use the 2009 Leadership and Arts Policy Internship Grant to fund her internship at The Brooklyn Arts Council. The Brooklyn Arts Council is an umbrella organization for Brooklyn ‘s cultural organizations and individual artists. Alyssa will be working with grant management, performance evaluation, and preparation for upcoming art exhibitions. She is looking forward to conducting independent policy research and exploring questions of leadership and arts policy with such a successful nonprofit arts organization.
Erika Manderscheid, a rising senior from Potomac, Maryland is also a recipient of the 2009 Leadership and Arts Policy Internship Grant, which will help fund her public policy internship at Shunpike this summer. Shunpike is an organization based in Seattle, Washington that works to increase accountability and sustainability in the arts, and partners with local artists to help them gain nonprofit status. At Shunpike, Erika will work primarily on a special project to evaluate the organization’s workshop series, “Accountability & the Arts,” which aims to give artists the tools they need to succeed in the business world. Through her internship, Erika hopes combine her passion for public service with her deep appreciation for the arts.